Subject = Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects: Q300 English studies
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Elizabeth Gaskell and the Madonna: metaphors of the maternal divine - Styler, Rebecca
Gaskell evokes the image of the Madonna in several fictional works, to consider its value as a metaphor for the maternal aspect of God. Her representation of the Marian cult is placed in the context of contemporary debates about the universal value of the Virgin Mary as a religious symbol, a discourse which includes the voices of Anna Jameson, Frances Power Cobbe, and Sarah Stickney Ellis among others. Gaskell’s Mariology is shaped by Unitarian theological views on the use of religious images, and by Gaskell’s own ambivalence towards the spiritual/moral status of maternal feeling. Thus her fiction includes multiple versions...
When the two sevens clash: David Peace’s crime fiction as ‘occult history’ - Lockwood, Dean
This paper focuses upon David Peace’s crime writing, specifically the sequence known as the Red Riding Quartet, four novels published between 1999 and 2002 which deal with police and press investigations of murders and sex crimes in the North of England in the period from 1974 to 1983. I reflect upon Peace’s claim that these books constitute an ‘occult history’ of the North. I explore this claim through discussion of one of the novels in particular, 'Nineteen Seventy-Seven'. It is in this novel that the ‘occult’ in ‘occult history’ unfolds most fully. I argue that Peace’s novel can be understood...
Worming-worlding: reading as fabulatory infection in China Miéville’s Weird - Coley, Rob; Lockwood, Dean
The paper develops the idea of a fabulatory politics as intimated in several essays in which Miéville has reflected on the weird and as sketched out in our article, ‘The Radical Fantastic’, for the journal C21 Literature (Vol.1, No.1, 2012). Our focus here is on readers as producers, or transmitters, of the weird. Particular attention is paid to Miéville’s ‘Afterweird’ for a recent anthology in which he paints the weird, against its etymology (Wyrd), as anti-fate: ‘The fact of the weird is the fact that the worldweave is ripped and unfinished’. Burrowing beneath and through the world, the weird constitutes...
Literary theology by women writers of the nineteenth century - Styler, Rebecca
Examining popular fiction, life writing, poetry and political works, Rebecca Styler explores women's contributions to theology in the nineteenth century. Female writers acted as amateur theologians through the use of secular literary forms, through which they questioned the Christian tradition relative to contemporary concerns about political ethics, gender identity, and personal meaning. Each writer negotiates the gendered constraints and opportunities available to her particular religious setting and her chosen literary genre. Expressing frustrations with their inherited religious tradition, each nonetheless finds resources within it to reconfigure Christianity in creative and earthly ways, to meet pressing personal and social needs. Subjects...
Science, sexuality and sensation novels: pleasures of the senses - Garrison, Laurie
Science, Sexuality and Sensation Novels offers the most detailed account of the prolific debate about the sensation novel published to date. Reviewers did not simply condemn and dismiss the genre; instead they theorized the sensual forms of reading the sensation novel inspired and they debated its effects on the body and the mind. Physiology in particular offered accounts of the body and the senses that aided in the formulation of theories of the physical reading that the sensation novel inspired. Sensation novelists helped to provoke reviewer attention to senses, bodies and physical stimulation through their own preoccupations with sciences centrally...